At the local pool that we frequent, kids can't go off the diving board until they pass the deep water test. Skyler spends hours going off the diving board. ALL REED WANTED TO DO WAS GO OFF THE DIVING BOARD. That's all. That's all he wanted.
For the swim test, you must swim two lengths freestyle, one length back stroke and then tread water for 2 minutes. Reed is a great little swimmer, but the rules for the swim test are tough!
Try #1: Reed swam the two lengths no problem, but he didn't get his arms out of the water enough. He failed. He cried and cried. We gave him a popsicle.
The rule is you must wait one week between testing. Let me remind you how long a week is when you are 5.
Try #2: Reed swam the two lengths and the backstroke, but when the lifeguard asked him how he was feeling he said: "Tired. So tired." He failed. He cried. We gave him a popsicle.
Try #3: Reed swam the two lengths freestyle and the backstroke! This looked promising! The lifeguard asked him to start treading water. He sank. I don't think anyone remembered to teach him how to tread, because we were so anxious about the swimming part. We gave him a popsicle.
Try #4: He swam the freestyle:
And the backstroke: ( a little crooked. Okay, diagonal.)
And he treaded. Suzanne and the girls were there, plus Skyler, so by the time he got to the treading part, there were five of us screaming: "GO REED! TREAD! DON'T TOUCH THE WALL!!"
When the lifeguard said, "Okay Reed, you passed!" we were all so excited that we hooted and hollered and I picked him out of the water by his hands. He was so tired! His little heart was pounding, and he said over and over: "I passed? I passed?" There was a group of other parents looking at us quizzically. I said: "He failed it 3 times! And then he passed!" And they were like, "oh... okay, Hooray! WOO HOOO!!!!!"
(shhhh.... I know.)